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February 26, 2019 - 4:54 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Senate has approved a new program that aims to ensure proper burials for veterans whose bodies are unclaimed. The Democrat-led chamber passed the bill Tuesday on a unanimous vote. It would require local governments to work with veteran organizations whenever a...
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February 26, 2019 - 3:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- The federal prosecutor in New York who is overseeing investigations involving Donald Trump is a Republican who contributed to the president's election campaign. But he bristles at any suggestion he's a Trump ally. In his first year in office, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman has won...
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Michael Cohen, left, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, arrives to testify before a closed door hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee accompanied by his lawyer Lanny Davis of Washington, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 26, 2019 - 3:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- President Donald Trump's ex-lawyer is now an ex-lawyer. Michael Cohen was officially disbarred on Tuesday while he was in Washington giving closed-door testimony to the House intelligence committee. A New York court ruled that Cohen's guilty plea last November automatically...
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February 25, 2019 - 5:47 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is dropping a proposal to ban all modified stretch limousines, an idea prompted by last fall's crash that killed 20 people. The Times Union of Albany reports that the provision was stricken from Cuomo's state budget proposal. Cuomo is still seeking...
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February 22, 2019 - 6:06 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The Democratic governors of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Oregon and Illinois are teaming up to fight a provision in the 2017 federal tax overhaul that they say is hurting their economies. The five leaders met Friday in Washington, D.C., to discuss efforts to urge Congress...
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February 21, 2019 - 2:50 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants higher penalties for assaulting transportation workers while they're on the job. The Democrat announced Thursday that he'll include a provision in his state budget proposal making it a felony to assault highway workers, subway and bus workers or...
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February 19, 2019 - 5:26 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to extend the state's seat belt law to require all passengers in the back seat to buckle up. Under current law, while all passengers in the front seat must wear seat belts, only passengers younger than 16 are required to wear a restraint...
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February 14, 2019 - 3:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law Thursday long-sought legislation that gives the victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to seek criminal charges or file lawsuits against their abusers. The law known as the Child Victims Act loosens one of the nation's tightest...
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February 13, 2019 - 6:26 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Sexual harassment victims are urging New York lawmakers to do more to address the problem during a legislative hearing that supporters say is decades overdue. Lawmakers say Wednesday's hearing in Albany was the first hearing focused on harassment in nearly 30 years. Female...
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February 13, 2019 - 6:21 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The state Senate's Democratic majority is planning a series of public hearings examining New York's public transit systems. Senate Majority Leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins, of Yonkers, announced Wednesday that the first meeting will be held Tuesday in Manhattan in the Senate...
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